Blues from Laurel Canyon

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All Music Guide - Ben Davies
Mayall's first post-Bluesbreakers album saw the man returning to his roots after the jazz/blues fusion that was Bare Wires. Blues from Laurel Canyon is a blues album, through and through. Testimony to this is the fact that there's a guitar solo only 50 seconds into the opening track. Indeed, Mayall dispersed the entire brass section for Blues from Laurel Canyon, and instead chose the solid but relatively limited backing of Mick Taylor guitar, Colin Allen drums, and Stephen Thompson bass. Instantly, it is apparent that John Mayall hasn't lost his touch with the blues. "Vacation," the album's opener, reminds one exactly why this artist is so celebrated for his songwriting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ben Davies
Mayall's first post-Bluesbreakers album saw the man returning to his roots after the jazz/blues fusion that was Bare Wires. Blues from Laurel Canyon is a blues album, through and through. Testimony to this is the fact that there's a guitar solo only 50 seconds into the opening track. Indeed, Mayall dispersed the entire brass section for Blues from Laurel Canyon, and instead chose the solid but relatively limited backing of Mick Taylor guitar, Colin Allen drums, and Stephen Thompson bass. Instantly, it is apparent that John Mayall hasn't lost his touch with the blues. "Vacation," the album's opener, reminds one exactly why this artist is so celebrated for his songwriting ability. The staggering Mick Taylor here still in his teens truly proves his worth as a blues guitarist, while Steve Thompson also in his late teens works superbly with one of the genre's most interesting drummers, Colin Allen. Blues from Laurel Canyon is as unerring as Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, and equally as musically interesting. Not only is this one of the finest John Mayall albums, it is also a highlight in the blues genus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/1990
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 042282053923
  • Catalog Number: 8205392
  • Sales rank: 63,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vacation (2:47)
  2. 2 Walking on Sunset (2:50)
  3. 3 Laurel Canyon Home (4:33)
  4. 4 2401 (3:42)
  5. 5 Ready to Ride (3:32)
  6. 6 Medicine Man (2:43)
  7. 7 Somebody's Acting Like a Child (3:27)
  8. 8 The Bear (4:40)
  9. 9 Miss James (2:30)
  10. 10 First Time Alone (4:49)
  11. 11 Long Gone Midnight (3:27)
  12. 12 Fly Tomorrow (8:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mayall Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Mick Taylor Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar
Colin Allen Drums, Tabla
Steve Thompson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
John Mayall Producer
Mike Vernon Producer
Anthony Hawkins Remastering
Julie Thompson Contributor
Derek Varnals Engineer
John Tracy Liner Notes
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